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Drawing Hyperbolas in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to draw a hyperbola in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. All you need to do is to use Guides and the Curve tool.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






You have already learned how to draw a parabola in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a hyperbola in PowerPoint using the drawing tools available in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. So what is a hyperbola—it is essentially composed of a smooth curve that is not too different from a parabola, but this smooth curve also has a mirrored image of itself so that the finished shape looks like two infinite bows, as shown in Figure 1.

A hyperbola
Figure 1: A hyperbola

To draw a hyperbola in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. Most of the time PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation. PowerPoint users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank option.
  2. Within the View tab of the Ribbon, select the Guides and Rulers check-boxes (highlighted in red in Figure 2) if they are unchecked.
  3. Ruler and Guides check-boxes selected
    Figure 2: Ruler and Guides check-boxes selected
  4. This will show the guides and rulers on the slide area, as shown in Figure 3.
  5. Guides and rulers showing on the slide
    Figure 3: Guides and rulers showing on the slide
  6. Add some more guides, we added four more horizontal guides, and also four more vertical guides—all evenly spaced out from the original guides so that you see something similar to a small grid (highlighted in red in Figure 4).
  7. New guides created
    Figure 4: New guides created
  8. Within the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon, click the Shapes button to view the Shapes gallery that you can see in Figure 5. Select the Curve shape.
  9. Curve selected
    Figure 5: Curve selected in PowerPoint 2010
  10. To establish the starting point of the first curve of your hyperbola, place the cursor and click on the top-left corner of the imaginary grid, as shown highlighted in red, in Figure 6.
  11. Starting point of the hyperbola established
    Figure 6: Starting point of the hyperbola established
  12. Then hold down the left mouse button—don't release it yet, and drag the cursor towards the bottom-right till the point where the second vertical guide intersects the third horizontal guide, as shown in Figure 7. Click once on that point.
  13. Drawing a curve
    Figure 7: Drawing a curve
  14. Now, drag the cursor towards the bottom-left side of the slide, towards the point where the first vertical guide (same vertical where the starting point was established) intersects the last horizontal guide, to create an arc, as shown in Figure 8.
  15. Arc is drawn
    Figure 8: Arc is drawn
  16. Double-click on that point to exit drawing mode. An arc will be created as shown in Figure 9, if the arc is not selected (as denoted by the handles you see in Figure 9), then select it.
  17. Arc selected
    Figure 9: Arc selected
  18. Place your cursor over the arc, press both Ctrl and Shift keys together, the cursor will now have a plus sign (refer to Figure 9, above). Now, drag the arc towards the right to create a duplicated copy which will be placed at the position where you stop dragging.
  19. Tip: Want to learn more about duplicating (copying) shapes? Look at these tutorials, and get back here when you follow the concepts:
  20. Duplicate Shapes by Dragging in PowerPoint 2010
    Duplicate Shapes Using Ctrl + D in PowerPoint 2010
  21. Arc being copied
    Figure 10: Arc being copied
  22. Now, with the copied Arc selected, go to the Home tab of the Ribbon, click the Arrange button to bring up a drop-down gallery (refer to Figure 11, below). In this drop-down gallery, select the Rotate option. From the sub-gallery that appears, select the Flip Horizontal option as shown in Figure 11.
  23. Flip Horizontal option selected
    Figure 11: Flip Horizontal option selected
  24. This will flip the copied arc, to get something what you can see in Figure 12. Learn more about Flipping shapes in PowerPoint 2010.
  25. Copied arc flipped
    Figure 12: Copied arc flipped
  26. At this point, your hyperbola is ready as shown in Figure 13. You can nudge and move both curves of the hyperbola to bring them closer to each other and also group them, and format their fills and effects if required.
  27. Hyperbola is drawn in PowerPoint
    Figure 13: Hyperbola is drawn in PowerPoint
  28. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Drawing Hyperbolas in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Drawing Hyperbolas in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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